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"One cannot change the canon law for France as it is international." Word up! "at the express request of French President Macron." a request the Archbishop should have haughtily refused simply to show The Church is not subordinate to secular leaders.
mccallansteve
He's a coward. No wonder he is a bishop
John A Cassani
It would be hard for me to see how a bishop’s failure to uphold the seal would not constitute schism. It approaches apostasy, in fact.
Dr Bobus
Automatic (latae sententiae) Excommunication
De Profundis
What harm would have been done if the French archbishop had simply reaffirmed his original statement that the authority of the confessional seal “is stronger than the laws of the Republic”? That statement was accurate. It is what the Church has always believed and taught. It is what the French bishops’ conference spokeswoman would later confirm—albeit somewhat haltingly, almost apologetically, …More
What harm would have been done if the French archbishop had simply reaffirmed his original statement that the authority of the confessional seal “is stronger than the laws of the Republic”? That statement was accurate. It is what the Church has always believed and taught. It is what the French bishops’ conference spokeswoman would later confirm—albeit somewhat haltingly, almost apologetically, with a nod to the possibility that something could be changed.